Regis University EDLS 643 Capstone Project By Jon Wuerth. -Moving Forward- Capstone Project. Multiple award-winning program Expansion to 78 students Drawing from 18-20 elementary schools High parent and community support Assessment evidence of high academic success
By Jon Wuerth
Multiple award-winning program
Expansion to 78 students
Drawing from 18-20 elementary schools
High parent and community support
Assessment evidence of high academic success
Integrated natural science-based experiential curriculum framework in place
Devoted and passionate students
Larger staff size and student population
Increased responsibilities for all
TOSA to coordinate multiple program aspects
RtI integration from ground up
PBIS modifications and improvement
Abundant parent helpers needing responsibilities
Standards-based report cards
Opportunities to improve student achievement
By the end of the 2012-2013 school year
90% of the fourth grade students will
be proficient or advanced in writing as measured by the Colorado TCAP.
We are moving forward in our instruction, and the state standards will be our framework. Standards-based report cards (SBRC), as adopted by Academy 20, will provide us with a valuable tool to accurately assess student academic growth. This will provide clarity to parents/guardians about the progress their child is making toward meeting or exceeding the identified state standards at the fourth grade level. The SBRC allow us to accumulate bodies of evidence ensure 90% of students achieve proficient or advanced on TCAP writing.
Ensure 90% of School in the Woods students receive a proficient or advanced TCAP score on the spring 2013 TCAP
Ensure teachers have designated planning time to focus on those students scoring PP on their 3rd grade writing TCAP
Ensure the teachers have determined which reporting indicators will be taught each quarter
Ensure 3-6 bodies of evidence have been identified for each of the fourth grade Colorado Academic Standards
What do students need to know, understand, and be able to do?
How do we teach effectively to ensure students learn?
How do we know that students have learned?
What do we do when students don’t learn or reach proficiency before expectation?
Source: “Standards- Based Classroom”
Colorado Coalition for Standards-Based Education, 2008
Begin communication about SBRC
Determine reporting indicators
Receive training for data entry- Infinite Campus
Message – School in the Woods has had considerable success over its 13 year history both in student achievement and improvements in student affect. Yet, we can all raise our bars. With coordinated curriculum alignment and assessment, effective PBIS program, devoted staff, and an integrated and organized parent/community network assessment scores, reflecting increased student knowledge and understanding, can be obtained.
Students who apply often have higher achievement.
Students come from higher socio-economic level.
Parents are supportive
Students feel sense of obligation to “step it up.”
Students come from up to 20 different schools.
Takes time to initially assess all “new” students.
Only have them for one year
Limited staff size
Lack of common planning
Testing Period (8/22/11 to 9/30/11) - (4/6/12 to 5/18/12)
Student SS SEM Test Date SS SEM Test Date SS Difference SEM of Difference
Student2947 (65) 8/25/11 3201 (80) 4/26/12 +254 (103)
Student 2865 (67) 8/25/11 2796 (62) 4/26/12 -69* (92)
Student 2799 (72) 8/25/11 2824 (63) 4/26/12 +25* (96)
Student 2865 (71) 8/26/11 2902 (71) 4/26/12 +37* (101)
Student 2400 (62) 8/25/11 2458 (62) 4/27/12 +58* (87)
Student 2787 (65) 8/25/11 2716 (63) 4/26/12 -71* (90)
Student 2864 (67) 8/29/11 2781 (66) 4/27/12 -83* (94)
Student 2934 (75) 8/29/11 2915 (59) 4/26/12 -19* (95)
Student 2710 (69) 8/25/11 2936 (64) 4/26/12 +226 (94)
Student 2499 (65) 8/29/11 2887 (66) 4/26/12 +388 (92)
Student 2688 (60) 8/29/11 2871 (61) 4/26/12 +183 (86)
Student 2497 (62) 8/29/11 2688 (60) 4/26/12 +191 (86)
We have made it work
Grants have been earned
Flexibility in budgeting
Small student population
Much equipment has been purchased already
Earn right to set up budget for school or have input
Has been reduced by 30%
School population increase
Personalities (small staff)
Only one year
Training of staff, parents, students
SCHOOL IN THE WOODS SUMMER WATERING SCHEDULE
We really appreciate your help with watering and weeding the garden plots & native flower bed area over the summer.
Make sure you put away the hose and any equipment when you finish. You do not have to water every day if the garden doesn’t need it. So far this summer, 3x's a week seems to be enough. When you water, water deep and use your own judgment. Also, Mr. Wuerth said, If you want to plant anything else in the garden feel free.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Privacy (between staff)
Daily 1-2 volunteers
Weekly 7-12 volunteers
Library 1-3 per week
Math 1 per day
Clubs2-3 per week
Special events 2-8 parents
Total hours per year2500+ hours
Answer the following questions in complete sentences, using most of the words in the question in your answer.
What was the inappropriate choice that you made?
Why was it not a good choice?
What can you do differently in the future?
What can Mrs. Esposito, Mr. Wuerth, Ms. Roberts, and Mrs. Powers do to help you make good choices and to help you succeed at School in the Woods
Let’s all know our learning targets.
Yet, seek paths less traveled as well.